Narrowneck renewal deemed a success

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Swellnet Analysis

The construction of Palm Beach Artificial Reef on the Gold Coast is due to be completed in October this year. If the project stays on schedule the artificial reef will be completed exactly twenty years after Narrowneck, the first artificial reef to be built on the Coast.

Unlike Palm Beach reef which is made of stone, Narrowneck was constructed using sand-filled geotextile bags. In the intervening years those bags shifted, settled into the sand, or split, often due to anchor strike, hence Gold Coast City Council began remedial work on the reef in late 2017, completing it in mid-2018.

The new work is now a year old, so the results can be assessed, and it can also be viewed against the almost-complete Palm Beach Reef.

Both Narrowneck and Palm Beach reefs are designed primarily to halt erosion - surfing amenity is a secondary consideration. There's only 100 metres of land separating the Nerang River and the ocean so the purpose of Narrowneck reef is to protect the isthmus by mitigating wave energy offshore and allowing a salient (sand build up) to grow on the beach. 

Early observations of Narrowneck report favourable sand build up with a "distinct" and "consistent" salient of between 30 and 50 metres. These observations continued up until 2010. However, Google Earth's historical imagery shows no salient ever appearing shoreward from the reef.

In contrast to early reports, a City spokseperson recently told Swellnet that a salient was never expected to accrete at Narrowneck, rather the sand build up was supposed to occur offshore.

"Previous monitoring and analysis of sand volumes since construction of the artificial reef has shown that the reef promotes an increase of sand volumes in the offshore sand bars, rather than on the upper beach."

The reef renewal at Narrowneck was not intended to change this situation, "but to increase the volume of sand available within the sandbar system."

A year on, and with the City continually monitoring the sand flow, the City considers the project a success.

Anecdotally, the new geotextile bags at Narrowneck have settled with the reef becoming deeper and breaking less often, however those reports don't stack up against testing. "The City has surveyed the Narrowneck artificial reef regularly following the renewal.  The survey data does not show any settlement of the Geotextile Sand Containers."

A similar discrepancy exists in how often the reef is being surfed with locals reporting few sessions, plus Swellnet's own Narrowneck camera showing surfers seldom surf the reef. These observations aren't supported by the City's own monitoring which has shown "a significant increase in the frequency of wave breaking on the reef", adding that "the enhanced influence of the reef on incoming waves, provides additional opportunities for surf amenity on the reef and also on the sand banks inshore and adjacent to the reef structure."

Lastly, despite the Palm Beach artificial reef using quarried stone, the City has no plans to switch materials at Narrowneck. All future renewal work will "likely to be undertaken using Geotextile Sand Containers consistent with the reef’s design."


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warddy Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 12:45pm

Absolute waste of money ...
When will these clowns realise just drop some rocks in a triangular shape and whamo pick a peak and dissipate the sand surge at the same time plus create a fisherie .

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Fish Face Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 at 10:07am

Because that would be too easy and wouldn't justify the jobs of the "experts" who created this abomination.

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frog Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 5:47pm

My observations in the wild suggest that sand accretion inside an offshore bombie or island will occur if a clear cut bend in the swell occurs on either side of the obstruction. The simple sign of this occurring is:

Do inside wedge type a-frames occur through bent swells crossing each other?

If so, sand will build up causing beach widening due to:
1. the point in the lee of the island / bombie being a lower energy point due to broken swell more often occurring further out from the shoreline at this point allowing more energy to dissipate and so sand to settle more easily inshore.
2. a mini longshore drift effect that gets set up on either side of the lee point by the angled waves that directs sand towards a broad focal point on the beach.

Bending swell requires, at minimum, the waves to strongly feel bottom for at least a multiple of 2 times the wavelength to slow the swell down along the shallower reef or island edge. The Queenscliff bombora is too deep to have this effect in most smaller swells to any greater extent - hence the fairly straight Manly beach profile. Thirteenth beach, however has a much shallower and larger scale bombie well out to sea that bends swells a lot creating the convex beach shape there.

Narrowneck does not look like it has enough sustained shallowness to do this and I have never seen a photo showing much of a wedge type peak inside the reef.

In major swells it would have some protecting effect immediately inside the reef but the beach widening is minimal.

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the-spleen_2 Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 2:33pm

I used to surf up that end a lot, including Naz, and never noticed a salient. A friend of a friend was in the original Griffith pitch and "beach widening" was the core of the project so it's funny to see how the idea has changed over time.

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Fish Face Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 at 10:13am

Yeah classic case of changing the goal posts when you don't get the results you wanted!

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truebluebasher Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 5:29pm

tbb will companion a confronting local version of post Narrowneck Reef events

Feb/2019 'Cyclone Oma' video(Worst erosion at Narrowneck)+worst in 40 yrs!

1st/June/2019 GCCC works promote massive scarping & Beach-long closed sections
@ Slydefest. Dune erosion was so bad tbb guided LG's 4wd down blinded chute.

July big winter seas shuffle Narrowneck Reef sandbags as evidenced by Surf cam.
29/July PB Reef rep informs tbb that Machiavelli will sort Narrowneck Reef kerfuffle.

Big Winter swell/s 'News herald Narrowneck as worst eroded GC beach.'

My'GC showcases proposed Narrowneck SLS'Clubhouse site /GCCC beaches update.
Collection of grainy (contraband) GCB Photos of Mid Winter Narrowneck erosion...

Mayor did also say! "It would've been worse without the Reef."(Shocking revelation!)

tbb has painted a fair picture of 2019 events so crew can judge Reef for themselves.
Local's call! Undoubtedly Narrowneck presented healthier before reef & heavy seas.

Crew salutes #1 Swellnet for dedicated Narrowneck Reef reporting & comments.

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frog Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 5:56pm

No-one escapes the tbb inquisition

Those photos of Oma erosion with stormy seas behind it just show how tiny the narrowneck reef is in the scheme of things - no more than a speed bump in Oma's path.

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bukz Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 6:57pm

Just look at that job, they just displicently threw sand bags on deep water hoping for quality waves and avoiding erosion?

That thing should be built o the low tide mark and have a shape that can trap sand and create shallow banks where it matters. Close to shore.

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bluediamond Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 10:51pm

The band aid coast.

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yocal Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 4:00am

I reckon it goes OK. Not epic but OK.

Same as the nearest true reefbreak to Narrowneck, the wave quality deteriorates when the offshore storm bar is dominant, but I've been out and seen a bunch of waves that look fun and have definitely noticed more peaks inshore at high tide.

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Spuddups Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 5:20am

"I reckon it goes OK. Not epic but OK."

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neil.jeffries Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 11:33am

When the project was originally proposed there was an information centre set up at the south car park Narrowneck. There was written and visual plans as to what the reef was to achieve. The powers that be have stated recently that the reef was only intended to change the flow and depositing of sand around the reef, which in turn would then have an effect to both the north and south of the reef and was not designed to create new wave breaks .On the original plan l remember that the reef was to be around 600 mts to the outer edge of the reef and a designated paddle out channel through the middle, with wings extending off either side to create a left and right breaking wave .This was supposed to create a safe swimming area or lagoon area inside the reef. It would be interesting to hear what the original marine engineers had to say as to whether my memories are correct on this matter. the information l was told was that those engineers walked off the job because the original plan was not being followed. l can stand corrected on this or any other point but that's how l remember this project being implemented

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lostdoggy Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 12:07pm

A bit of info in here on the original design and changes made. There was mention of a paddle channel,

This claim seems a bit dubious to me though.

“GPS data shows that recorded rides average 150 to 200 m, but have reached up to 260 to 270 m. Similarly, recorded ride times have reached up to 60 seconds.“

Average rides of over 150m? Got to be kidding.

A 60 second ride? What were these guys riding? 12 foot gliders?

Where do they get an average from anyway? Are they getting GPS data from all surfers?

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 12:17pm

neil.jeffries' ( i ) stand ...good call, tbb pulled up here also.

GCCC CEO yocal earns $600k/yr *more than PM, to stuff words down Mayor's mouth.

GC Mayor Spuddups : "$100m Narrowneck Reef 1/40 yr fail smashes 1/100 yr fail."

Ye Olde Goldie Tourism Promo!

Narrowneck Reef Costings (Not included)
Pre 2017 Seawall/s -Rock+Timber +Path works
Beach Sifting + Car Parking
Patrols + Security + Reviews (Note Ocean Temp is recorded @ volatile Narrowneck)
Narrowneck slsc site works + Rainbow Dredging
Beach Erosion repair is a never-ending expense @ Narrowneck
Narrowneck is Qld's most heavily eroded beach.(Cost = A fortune)...not included

Narrowneck Reef/Beach calculated in 2017 AUD ( Cost includes handling & shipping )

1999-2000 ($89.5m) Reef Design + Original - 392 bags
2001-2006 ($=1.7m) Reef - 4 x Top Ups - 58 bags
2017-2018 ($=2.5m) Reef - 2 x Top Ups - 84 bags
2017-2018 ($=4.2m) A Line Rock Seawall - 600m > North
2018-2019 ($=0.9m) A Line Rock Seawall - 200m > South
2017-2019 ($=1.8m) Oceanway Path +Toilet Block renewal
1999-2017 ($100.6m) Narrowneck Reef Total Cost in 2017 AUD)

{ Shoebox }
lostdoggy links to original Reef cost (converted to 2017 $)

2017 Palm Beach Reef ($2m) Phase 1 (470,000m3) Reef podium/PB contouring
2019 Palm Beach Reef ($18.2m) Phase 2 (Boulder Reef)
2019 Palm Beach Reef ($ ?) Phases 3-4(11th Ave Sand Cape+4th Ave Sand Bommie)
2017-2019..... PB Reef ($20m) approx

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neil.jeffries Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 6:26pm

Have just had a look on the city councils web site showing a photo thats supposedly the artificial reef, looks more like Rainbow Bay to me. Just after they finished the reef l went for a dive on the reef to get an idea on what they'd done . The bags were, according to what l'd read at the information centre to be placed parralelll to the terrace what l found was that the bags were all over the place quite a number were running east west instead of Nth Sth in this day and age with Global positioning sats they should have been able to put those bags in a very precise position, which makes me think that perhaps the job wasn't done properly in the first place. Perhaps another instance of our council going for the cheap option and not doing their homework. CAN SOMEBODY COME UP WITH THE ORIGINAL PLAN . This is our money they're spending. For my part l don't think there listening to the right people I've been surfing for 59 years and was in the fishing industry for 10 years , there must many more people like myself with a wealth of knowledge here on the coast that could have an input into this topic . If these reefs are being designed on computer models then maybe we should be looking at local knowledge from long time surfers and fisherman that have seen what was been happening over the last 40 or so yeas because in the 35 years i've lived on the coast a lot of my hard earned cash has been pumped onto our beaches only to end up travelling Nth to replenish the sunshine coast. Last bitch ...if the council is saying that the beaches are being stabilized ..why is there a 25 ft bank in the Narrowneck terrace and up untill the last couple of weeks there has been no decent banks there for 12 months or more END OF RANT ALOHA ALL

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 10:11pm

neil.jeffries talk of a lagoon...not gonna rule out a lagoon due to the timeline of Reef.

1980-90's (GCCC Surf Sandbags & Sandbag Lagoons)

1985 GCCC Miles Street North Kirra Sausage Groyne 120mL x 12mW x 5mH
1.2m diameter Geo Textile Tubes stacked in a Pyramid style.
Cost was said to be cheaper than Rock Groyne of similar build.
Vandals cut the bags open,despite repairs the front edge fouled + odd repairs failed.
These 2 links detail the Kirra Sausage Groyne

Broadwater swim enclosure / Harley Park Lagoon were big news alongside Surf Reef.
Late 1990's Harley Park Lagoon laid out longer thin sausage style geo textile bags.
These bags were then sand sprayed to resemble natural sand weir. (Click on photo)
Reef design may well have featured a Lagoon as they were standard fare in 1999

Again, you're not imagining the Reef sand bag placing being at odds.
2004 (6 bags) were Right angled (N< >S) to bridge the (E< >W) Reef Alignments.
Link to swellnet- Watch- Aerial view of Palm Beach Reef site re: tbb 25/July/2019

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Fish Face Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 at 10:26am

I really don't understand why the City is committed to keep using those bags at Narrowneck rather than switching to rocks. They don't work. I've been spearfishing there for years and they are just a mess - all busted open and waving around like man made seaweed.

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thermalben Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:52am

First wave I've seen break at the reef in a long time.

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simba Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:58am

its a hoax

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truebluebasher Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 10:05am

Gold Coast ratepayers salute thermalben's observation & insightful timing...
Reefer Madness as Stu teed off on Palm Beach Reef...{swellnet #1 Surf forecasters}

swellnet stop clock reads [7:37] Low tide @ 6:53 =[ 0.3m] recording is ultra valuable.
This bookends Stu's observation of half built Palm Beach Reef firing up as it did!
PB Reef first broke waves on 16/6/2019 Low tide =[0.21m] also on new Sth swell.
For the record: Strong southerly front + overcast bringing rain both times.

Turn of the tide brings in new Southerly Swell & all things considered should fire up...
Wave of the Day ~~~~^~~~~/(`~~~~/(C`...[ Ben )

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Sheepdog Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 5:47pm

Now maybe throw a reef/s out in front of the north end of Bribie Island, where the erosion has nearly broken through. Clown town surfers would be stoked to have a couple more options during big east swells. Just a quick paddle across happy valley

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thermalben Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 7:10am

Sequence of a set wave this morning.

Notice (1) the first wave (first image) missed the reef and broken on the inside (you can see the resulting reflective wave in the vicinity of the reef), (2) the second wave (second image) capped on the reef but didn't break, though did half-heartedly break further on the inside to the north (third image), however the third one broke (fourth image onwards) and peeled reasonably well (though it's pretty fat), and offered a crumbly close out section at the end.

Most sets are pushing over the reef and not breaking at all. Low tide of 0.31m is in about half an hour's time. Surf size is around the 4ft mark, wave buoy just offshore still has Hsig of ~1.4m with Tp of 13-14 seconds, due E/SE (though regional swell direction is S/SE).

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truebluebasher Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 12:30pm

Narrowneck Reef Film Festival to Compliment Feature Article.

(Film 1) Highlights Unique Reef Construction Techniques...(Thinking mans choice)

[Part 1]
[0:00] Compulsory Surfie Montage may contain...
Wave Sound / Sunrise/Hippy Guitar cue Surfer's board & Leggie.
[0:12] Titles "Narrowneck Reef" (Northern Gold Coast Beach Protection Strategy).
[0:20] Intro Reef Description.
[0:26] Main Road History
[0:40] Tender +Surf Surveyors
[0:50] Beach Nourishment + Rainbow Dredging & Seaway Footage

Halt! [STOP] the Surf back up a bit & (PAUSE)Right about there. Wow!
[0:55] Seaway Secret Spot Vid... / / / A frame \ \ \
Mayor's {Stop Work Order}..."Tools Down - Surfs Up!"

Grumpy Boss says back to work
[1:00] Control Point Mechanisms
[1:15] Apprentice Grom goes back for more sultanas cops the sack-back on the Dole.
[1:21] Why a Reef (Includes beach / surf footage)
[1:40] Safer Beach Stability for Safer Lifeguard Patrols

[1:50] Intermission (Goldie Beach Montage plays out with Hipster Guitar Hook)

[Part 2]
[1:56] OZ Dredging industry developed on Gold Coast
[1:58] Sand Bag Reef Contractors
[2:05] Split Hull Hopper Barge
[2:08](L > R) Myr' Lex Bell (NN reef).Cr Daphne McDonald (PB Reef).Cr Gary Baildon.
[2:10] Info Stand (Open Day) Esplanade @ Sth Narrowneck.
[2:14]*Dredge surfing - between the Sets
[2:17] GPS Commodore - Bag Placement
[2:19]*Wave Spotters (Check when next Wave Breaks over the Stern)
[2:27] Tiers..Dredging / Filling / Layering
[2:33] Bag Drop
[2:39] Fly over
[2:40] Monitoring
[2:53] Geo Textile Reef Life. (Under Water Reef cam)
[3:30] Aerial Wrap includes Data / Monitoring-Web Cams...(Mission Complete)

[3:52] Happy Ending (Warning) may contain....
GC Surfboard rider meditating to Hippy Guitar with Rolling Wave @ Sunrise or set.

(Film 2) Down the Hatch of Narrowneck Reef ( Noisy Bubbles! Cue own Soundtrack)

(Film 3 part 1)(2003) Mutant years showing the lefthander

(Film 3 part 2) (2003) The Walled up Right into the backbreak

(Film 4)(2006) Honey Moon Phase or Golden Years (Massive Crowds)

Big days lit up like a sporting Arena seen from Miles away (Big long rides)
Anchored Tinnies pitching overhead in massive pits often resulted in fisticuffs.
Whole Line-Up 'd shout ..."Move yer fuckin Boat"...never ended well! (tbb reef era)

(Film 5)(2010) Barrel Shape backed down by 2013.(Tip! Turn down Volume)

(Film 6)(2012) The Left ...Excellent example of Narrowneck Reef Left shoulder hopper.

(Film 7 Part 1) (2016 ECL) Sunday Muddy Sunday-The Mud Bath!

(Film 7 Part 2) (2016 ECL) Sunday Muddy Sunday -The Wash-Up!

(Live Cam)Thanx Swellnet.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 at 1:09am

16th Sept 2019 (9 Gold Coast News)
Narrowneck & Main Beach crews are concerned over large scale scarping.
Images of vert drops with strewn vegetation resemble that of small cyclonic erosion.

Notes: Outer right bank to north of Reef & one inside right to south push through.
Both said left-banks merge into back break. The erosion centres both banks.

Top up- stacked Book ends, trapping the tide to act like a weir, welling up inside fuel.
Washing machine whirlpools until the tide drops to release the reef's boiling brew.
Same fault rolls out citywide & GCCC fails to see obvious bommie erosion design flaw.

tbb reckons part of the answer could be blowing in the wind...(next time!)

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thermalben Friday, 7 Feb 2020 at 2:37pm

First set I've seen break at the reef in ages.

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simba Friday, 7 Feb 2020 at 3:30pm

Anyone know how palm beach reef is going?

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truebluebasher Friday, 7 Feb 2020 at 5:00pm

Great work again Ben...wanna keep that a secret.

simba...swellnet went commando with a secret spot theme...

Palm Beach Reef has eroded half the beach...not a laughing matter.
Crew reckon it might be northerlies or Rainbow Dredge Quarries gulping the sand.
Pretty sure we gotta give you a ....[ great white shark warning ]....with that site.

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thermalben Wednesday, 12 Feb 2020 at 2:15pm

Well, these sets are missing the reef completely!

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truebluebasher Saturday, 29 Feb 2020 at 4:47pm

Swellnet & Stu were right to question GCCC " Deemed a Success" mantra!"

Cyclone Uesi Review.

5th Jan 2015 ( 8:30 am ) Tide [ 1.65m ] Pre Reef Top Ups..(Healthy wide Beach!)

9th Jan 2020 ( 7:00 am ) Tide [ 1:65m ] Rainbow Quarries / Reef II are depriving sand.

10th Feb 2020 ( 9:00 am ) Tide [ 1.88m ] Cyclonic Uesi Touches A Line.

22nd Feb 2020 ( 8:30 am ) Tide [ 1.65m ] Wide enough for LG 4wd -but no more.
Note these sets of photos show 200mm under monthly high tide! ( A Hazard Zone! )

Ben has worked overtime spotting a decent Set of waves break on the New Reef.

Reef Deemed a Success ...ironically the more the Reef fails the more a success it is.
Surfers & Beachgoers have less to celebrate but Endangered sea critters are stoked.

tbb has tracked last Dugong on Kirra Reef to late '70's & Turtle Hatches the same.
During the 1980's the Seaway & dredging Seawalls all but rid GC marine creatures.

1-100 yr Upriver Flooding flushed everything out to the now vegetated seaways.

Ad the Tweed Bypass backdown + Rainbow Quarries have depleted inshore sand.

Long Buried Reefs are resurfacing + Artificial Reefs are thriving in a new world.
Sharks / Octopus / Green + Logger Head Turtles / Rays & curious Dugong love it!
The Spit can once again host Turtle Clutches & Reefs support a colony.

Environmentalists will soon demand the protection of Reef Habitat over Beaches.
tbb really does think so! As Turtles move South... GC must provide habitat.
By sheer dumb luck...The Gold Coast is on target to meet Climate Change Challenge.
Mayor can spruik a Giant Enviro Claim...while angry Seachange Whiteshoes sue him!

The world would easily side with MP/WSR Dugong & Turtles over Whiteshoe Surfies.
Strange days indeed, both Reefs have failed every test but are just what we needed.

{Cyclonic GC Reef Reports - #1 swellnet Exclusive}
Palm Beach Reef Cyclone Uesi Test results...

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thermalben Friday, 20 Mar 2020 at 2:51pm

Someone up and riding on what appears to be a decent wave despite the northerly bump.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 5:41pm

Great Covert -20 Spy work Ben...
There is another GCCC project in the pipeline...that may very well smother the Reef.
Oddly the tender for the project is quietly going on at the same time.

11 March 2020 Surfers Paradise SBS (Sand Backpass System) Pipeline or...
$6.4m ("The Pipeline") Actual Name!Costs $1.28m / year to run.(Sand $ 10.7 / m3)
7.8km x 450mm (PE100) Pipeline runs within the current 'A' seawall reconstruction.
6.4km underground with the last 1.4km being flexible for SP designer surf banks.
3 start up surfbanks (1) Mainbeach (2) Narrowneck (3) Southern Surfers

World first Sand Bypass currently pumps 500,000m3 / yr to Straddy
16m cubic metres over 30 years if you! tbb has not checked that yet!
Northern Beaches will divert 120,000m3 / year (max?) of current sand back south.
tbb thinks the North Training wall will be the determining factor & not a grain more.
(Please assist by all means!) Should be able to back date a TOS Lineup era comparison.

2010-13 initiative addresses Main Beach < NN Reef > Surfers Paradise erosion.
Also to rid trucks closing the beach by carting sand from stockpiles.
This looks like the Big Ticket item that widens the foreshore for prime leaseholds.
The CST committee were advised of updates. (Note CST study flagged own erosion!)
tbb believes CST / Mirage site will include a suss outlet for beach front creep.
Don't be surprised if The New Surfers sucks TOS dry + (re: SMP Hi-rise leaseholds)

Note (The Pipeline) Report dates after 2013-"Surf Management Plan" (Handshake)
So don't be judging the crew too harsh as this is an add on.(Read on...)

(Ocean Beaches Strategy)
GCCC to inform GC Surf Council in Stakeholder consultation process!

Future extension of The Pipeline runs to Nobbies Beach (Outlet)
tbb: 'Pipeline could be used to widen Mermaid Beach to progress the Oceanway.'

(Pause!) Are we all clear on that? We are only assuming GC Big Kahunas reviewed it!
Local's note: TOS has been under attack from Outfall /Casinos/CST/SMP + The Pipe.

Dec 2016 - GCCC Report...Page 15

Stage 1- Completed in & around the recent Narrowneck Reef Top Up.
Stage 2- Tender continues the Pipe from Narrowneck to Surfers Paradise by 2022/3.

There is a long erratic history or Sand transfers to Surfers Paradise.
tbb will touch on the most recent local events & volumes to enable a comparison.

1974 1st Major Beach Nourishments in Oz (Dredger Suction Pumps)25% State funds
This from the River/Creeks to Oceanside Surf Zones ( 3m - m3 Whole Coast)
Also the first shutdown of Tourist beaches due to Dredged Reclamation as to Mining.
1985 Rainbow Surf Bank (North Kirra)
1986 Nerang River Sand Bypass (Figures Shown)
1990's Creeks Annual dredging 30,000m3 /yr - per creek (av)
1999 TRS By-Pass
1999/2000 Broadwater Sand to Surfers 1.1m-m3
2010 Dredgers carted River/ mouth sand to Surfers (Cavill Ave -The Big Right)
The Seaway Delta part of the plan took in consideration of TOS
2013: Govt allows 60,000m3 pumped from Broadwater under Seaworld Drive.
The sand was then trucked along the beach sites (South Narrowneck as staging area)
1970-2013 Building Site sand(2m-m3) Started as donor scheme ended as tip waste.
2017 Rainbow Dredge (Separate amounts in total > link)
2017-20 Includes various Sewage Outfall + Reef/s dredge works > Surfers.

Northcliffe SLSC (Old River mouth Northside) as default Sand Dune Stock pile
Cavill Ave Surfers Tourist Beach as default sand drop zone (Outta Right / Inshore left)
Each Town seems to be allocated = sand amounts of 30-40,000m3/year (Kinda creepy!)
Should Pipeline continue to Nobbies then amount would double < > TOS sand (Power) halved!
Mayor is pitting TOS crew up against designer beach breaks...It's on!

Thanx to GC Dredging history Paper..

(To continue on from this above project)
25th May 2020 re: (update - Stu's sister report > re: Back-Pass Pipeline)

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truebluebasher Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 5:25pm

23rd June Narrowneck Whale waves to the crew...(Thanx Jaculin)

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truebluebasher Monday, 15 Feb 2021 at 9:38am

3rd Feb 2021 Narrowneck Erosion continues
Boulders were not only exposed but also strewn along beach.
The beach stroll turned Ironman event
Locals: "Haven't seen it this bad for a while, worried it might night hold up.

3 Drownings in 3 days
Of note : One body was hauled in by the local Narrowneck.

Photo Gallery...

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thermalben Monday, 7 Mar 2022 at 10:41am

Gotta be the most Trestles-looking lineup I've seen on the Gold Coast.

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thermalben Monday, 24 Oct 2022 at 4:32pm

First time since this article was published (more than three years ago) that the surfcam has properly validated the article headline.